Very real, I used to babysit for this couple in high school...
had 5 kids(2 little girls, a boy about 8, another girl around 11, and
another boy 12), 2 cats, 2 dogs(one had Alzheimer's and would forget he
ate already and get upset
), fish and a turtle. The only ate organic
food, and the youngest boy was allergic to everything so I had to learn
to use an epi pen. The little girls were cute, but a handful. The oldest
girl was helpful, and the oldest boy was just very weird in the way he
would speak to me and react to jokes or games or tv shows, everything.
So after a couple of weeks of me struggling, I mentioned something to
his mom and they told me about him having Asperger's.
babysat for them for like a month because they had too much stuff going
on in that house. I wasn't equipped to deal with it at that age.